Another PDF Tool helps you quickly operate on PDF files with actions such as rotate, merging, and splitting via the command-line. Currently only supports merging.
Another PDF Tool
Another PDF Tool helps you quickly operate on PDF files with actions such as rotate, merging, and splitting pages from the command-line.
This project is in it's early stages of development, it currently only supports one operation.
Please stay tuned or open an issue or pull request if you'd like to help me out! I do have a day job so I'm only working on this in my free time, development will likely be slow.
Author: Brandon Villagran firstname.lastname@example.org
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Requires Python 3.6 or higher. I am investigating packaging options for end users without needing Python to be pre-installed.
You can clone this repository and build it yourself with
poetry, or get it with
pip. If you are
downloading it I'll assume you already know how to use Python modules, and
specifically on your operating system.
python -m pip install bvill.apdft --user
bvill.apdft? Because just
apdft is already taken :(
Formally this project should be known as Another PDF Tool or
apdft to refer to the
command-line script name.
At the moment, the only operation supported is to merge multiple
Run the application in the terminal emulator of your choice.
apdft --version apdft --help apdft merge --help
The PDF files will be merged in the same order they are specified in the source arguments
You can specify multiple
apdft path/to/your/file1.pdf path/to/your/file2.pdf path/to/out.pdf
You can also specify directories containing
apdft path/to/your/file1.pdf path/to/dir/with/pdfs path/to/out.pdf
By default if one or more of your sources is a directory, then it is searched
recursively until all
For example, imagine this is the contents of
./dir |-- 0 | `-- 3.pdf |-- 1.pdf `-- 2.pdf
If you run
apdft merge like this:
apdft merge b.pdf dir a.pdf dest.pdf
The result will effectively be calling it like this:
apdft merge b.pdf dir/1.pdf dir/2.pdf dir/0/3.pdf a.pdf dest.pdf
You can disable this behavior with the
-d flag, and it will default to the natural
search order defined by the OS (
os.listdir). Note that this will still not change
the position of the SRC argument when it is a directory.
First and foremost, this project is intended to be a learning exercise in developing, packaging, and distributing a modern Python-based desktop GUI application. That has been my goal since the beginning, but I decided I should take an Agile approach by delivering small, incremental releases to the public. Although the project is still in it's initial development stage, this will help set the foundation for a consistent release cycle if I decide to do more with it in the future.
The concept for Another PDF Tool came to me because I realized that often I need to quickly concatenate multiple PDF files together, or to break one up into seperate files. Of course I'm aware that there are a ton of free online PDF tools that do this already (seriously, just go to Google and search PDF Tool). But whenever I would use one of those I always had a nagging feeling that my data was not kept private, which is mostly a concern only when my PDF files contain sensitive personal information. It's also surprising that the most common, free PDF viewing tools don't support the functionality I desire. Regardless, an open source desktop PDF editing tool sounded like a great first Python project to do on the weekends, that is not just an ad-hoc script of sorts.
My idea is to write out an uncomplicated backend utilizing the PyPDF2 library and build on top of it by first creating a stupidly-simple command-line interface, then a GUI for the primary end-userbase with something like wxPython or Electron, and possibly a HTTP REST API which might be a requirement for an Electron or other web-based frontend `anyway.
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